Teaching Method

When should my child start taking lessons?
  • Start early; I specialize in working with children ages 3-7, but it is never too late to begin. The life lessons from learning music and how to play an instrument are invaluable at any age.​
  • The most important readiness factor is the ability to follow directions. 

What is my role as a parent?
  • Depending on the age and readiness the student, the parent will learn the basics (or more!) of violin playing. Parents, don’t be afraid! You can do it! Watching the parent learn to play will be invaluable to young children and will motivate them and provide them with the capability to learn sooner.
  • Depending on the age and readiness of the student, the parent will play an integral role as the home teacher. The parent and student will work together to schedule practice times and the parent will guide their child’s practice (with the help of the teacher!) The student will learn invaluable lessons on a work environment, intentional work, making goals and executing a plan. Frequent, short practice sessions are best. Ten minutes, five to six days a week usually suffice for the beginning student! A lot of practicing can even be done during TV commercial breaks =)  Efficiency is key. 

What will my child learn, and how will they learn it?
  • No one methodology is ever complete and appropriate for all students. As a teacher I am committed to combining the best aspects of various methodologies such as Suzuki, Mark O’Connor, Mimi Zweig and Kurt Sassmannshaus as well as musicianship methodologies such as Dalcroze Eurythmics and Music Mind Games.
  • My students learn to read music right away, but are not always playing and reading at the same time. Most beginning pieces are learned by ear and music reading is taught separately for a short time.
  • I strive to develop all aspects of musicianship in my students. Ear training, music theory and improvisation are taught naturally through the repertoire.

Whar are the "prescribed" recordings and why do we have to listen to them?
  • These are pieces of music that are chosen for each individual student that are inteded to incite their love for music and to teach them beautiful tone and musical sensitivity. The pieces that the student are currently learning and will be learning in the near future are also included. They are high quality recordings played by master musicians that can be downloaded right to your phone or computer. 
  • The students are able to master their pieces faster when they listen to them regularly and I find that they tend to enjoy them more as well. 
  • Music is a language and the best way to learn a language is to be immersed in it! 
  • Each family finds a time that they enjoy listening to the recordings the most, but many listen in the car, while preparing dinner, or during play time.